In about 1959,Prof. Robert Gross (center of picture) of Columbia University visited AEDC and our UT-AEDC Graduate Stud
y Program. He had discovered a steepest ascent optimization program which was quite popular in the aerospace business. He was very complimentary of our graduate program. I am to his left and Irby Lightner is to his right. Irby was on Dr. Goethert's staff and later was of great help to me in placing our graduate research assistants in good work positions at AEDC. They were required to work 20 hours per week on a project that we hoped would result in a satisfactory thesis or dissertation.

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